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I attribute African-American fatherlessness largely to short-sighted public policy, but that is for a future post.
When fathers began to massively disappear from the African-American families in the mid 1980s, so did the game of baseball from those communities.
I think, personally, that this incident while of course properly elevating Jackie's contribution to the civil rights movement also diminished AA's general view of baseball as a "white" sport that didn't give opportunities for AA. Obviously, this isn't to say that basketball and football where great sports for AA during the pre-CR era but that period obviously doesn't contain the same image problem.
Anyway, clearly the solution to this is a marketing campaign targeted at African-American mothers. :-)
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